That Other Oils Post

that other oils post

A little over a year ago I wrote a post highlighting all the doTerra essential oils our family was loving. I thought it might be interesting to see how our oil uses have evolved over the last year. In addition to the oils, I’ve incorporated several vitamins and supplements from doTerra I’ll highlight as well.

Here are our favorite essential oils:

Daily

  • On Guard: immunity support, taken internally with droplets, diffused at night, applied topically
  • Cinnamon: blood sugar regulation, add a drop to water or protein shake
  • Peppermint: energy increase, add a drop to water, taken internally with droplets
  • Purify: diffused in main living area (kitchen/living room open floor) to eliminate odors and promote fresh smell, a drop in the wash or on wool dryer balls is nice too
  • Serenity: diffused at night to help Ordell and I sleep, in a roller to apply at night when traveling
  • Lavender: help the boys sleep diffused at night, eczema reducer, also great on wool dryer balls
  • Lemon or Lime: drop in drinking water, helps with digestion, liver support
  • Breathe: doTERRA Breathe is a remarkable blend of essential oils including Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Lemon, Cardamom, Ravintsara, and Ravensara.
  • Vegan Lifelong Vitality Pack: this is our multivitamin choice. While I use the flaxseed, Ordell uses IQ Mega fish oil. No more fishy burps!
  • Shampoo: I LOVE the doTerra shampoo!

Weekly or More

  • Eucalyptus: a drop in the shower helps clear the allergy stuffiness away.
  • Citrus Bliss: this vanilla and citrus combination has been perfect to get the grumpies out in the car before heading to school
  • Wild Orange: emotional support, promotes cheerfulness
  • Deep Blue: most used in our house, muscle soreness support.
  • Aroma Touch: droplets into bath helps reduce muscle soreness
  • Clary Sage: cramps and emotional imbalances from monthly cycle removed
  • Terra Shield: 20 drops of oil to 4 oz of water makes an amazing bug spray! This can also be diffused for the protection of a larger area.
  • Douglas Fir: Ordell has found this is a perfect layering oil for him with Deep Blue on days he’s sore from lifting.
  • DigestZen: aids in the digestion of food, soothe occasional upset stomachs, and reduce uncomfortable gas and bloating.*
  • Balance and Serenity together are called the grouchy blend. I’ve found the blend perfect for our boys in the pre-teen and teen years.

Thyroid Support

My thyroid support combination is the one that has changed the most. I finally have a balanced thyroid again after 13 months. When nothing else worked DDR Prime kept me functional. The other two are great support for digestion and hunger cravings. Even though I’m still on thyroid meds without a veggie cap of these oils I’m pretty wiped out by the end of the day.

  • Slim and Sassy: helps boost your metabolism and manage hunger cravings, this comes in oil and soft gel form.
  • Zendocrine: comes in oil and soft gel form
    • Supports the body’s natural ability to rid itself of unwanted substances*
    • Supports healthy liver function*
    • Purifying and detoxifying to the body’s systems*
  • DDR Prime: DDR Prime is a proprietary blend of CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils that help protect the body against oxidative stress to cellular DNA.* The essential oils in DDR Prime provide antioxidant protection and support a healthy response to cellular stressors.

Cooking

  • Ginger in salad dressings
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint in brownies
  • Lemon in lemon bars

On Guard

For cleaning, I’ve started using the on guard cleaning concentrate in a glass spray bottle. It’s the perfect multipurpose cleaner and the only thing that gets the grime off our tubs!

I can’t believe how long it lasts. We’ve only had one bottle and we use the spray several times a week on counters, the microwave and bathrooms. I’m not even halfway through the bottle.

We’ve also swapped out for the on guard foaming soap. No more Bath and Body Works in our house!

On Guard beadlets kept us healthy this winter even with 3 guys in 3 different schools and a severe flu strain.

On Guard cough drops were a great booster when we did have short-lived colds.

Ordell and I also use the on guard toothpaste. It’s replaced Sensodyne and our dentist is pleased to report zero cavities and whiter teeth.

So there you have it! We now use more doTerra daily in various ways than a year ago.

Here’s What We’ve Eliminated:

  • ibuprofen
  • acetaminophen
  • tums
  • clorox spray
  • melatonin
  • cough drops
  • vicks
  • dayquil and nyquil

Here’s What We’ve Swapped in:

 

***I don’t sell doTerra, but I know some awesome ladies who do! I’m happy to refer you to my favorite doTerra reps.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Pacing Myself with Three Goals

When my Hypothyroidism was at its worst, I found myself cycling from exhaustion to energy and back to exhaustion. During the times I was too tired to move I would create lists of all the things that needed to get done. As soon as I had the energy to complete a task, I would shift into high gear and push myself to get everything done. Inevitably I would collapse from exhaustion at some point before the never-ending list was complete.

Now that my thyroid is a bit more stable, and our boys are more independent, I’ve realized the habit I developed out of survival is no longer necessary. Still, habits are hard to break, even when they can be harmful to one’s health.

The History of Three Goals

One of the Facebook groups I’m lucky to be a part of is hosted by Alli Worthington. Alli is the author of Breaking Busy, a book that I discovered at the perfect time for me. Since the book launch, our group has continued to interact with weekly check-ins. On Mondays, we set three goals, and on Fridays, we report our progress.

Why Three Goals?

Well, we live busy lives, and the practice of setting goals is to accomplish them. Three is a manageable number (most weeks). It’s also an amount that takes some effort. One goal can be forgotten until the last minute or accomplished quickly. Five goals would be impossible most weeks because life gets in the way of, well, life more times than not.

What Do My Three Goal Weeks Look Like

Consistency is Key

Most weeks at least one of my three goals repeats, but that is because I do a lot of the same things each week. At least once a month my goals focus on a particular project of sorts. Sometimes my goals sound more like ideas or dreams than tasks that can actually be accomplished in a week. Regardless consistency is key.

Consistency:

  • I show up every Monday and Friday
  • I type out my goals instead of just keeping them in mind
  • I aim for S.M.A.R.T. Goals
  • I check in as the week goes on to stay focused on the three things I prioritized for the week.

Sometimes I Fail

Some weeks my goals have to be set aside. Life gets in the way, I find myself exhausted, or my goals were too ambitious for the week. Over the summer it became clear that two goals would be my maximum if I expected to have any chance of success at all. The important thing is to remember Monday will come around again soon.

Why This Works

It can be easy to get to the end of a week and feel as if nothing has been accomplished. Especially when the weeks look so similar. Having three small wins each week is motivating for repeat success.

Healthwise, knowing that I only have three goals to accomplish allow me to pace myself. I don’t need to push myself to exhaustion.

That Oil Post

Essential oils have become a more pobottlepular in the past year, at least in my circles. I’ve seen diffusers pop up at grocery stores as well as essential oils sold by multiple direct sales companies. They also are finding places on store shelves.

This post is not about the differences in companies or why one brand is better than another.

Our family uses essential oils in multiple ways each day. Our journey began when I discovered through a blood test that almost five years after having HELLPS syndrome my liver was still not completely healthy. My sister-in-law suggested instead of lemon water I try lemon oil because it would allow for a concentrated “dose” of lemon. With one drop being equivalent to 20 lemons I was feeling pretty good about this suggestion. Within weeks my new blood tests revealed my liver was again healthy. Our next experience was a flu avoiding panic brought by Thieves (or On Guard as some of you know it by). When Ordell had the flu and the rest of us stayed healthy I was sold.

My coach’s wife friend Lindsy has been a doTerra rep for about 9 months now and since she has been able to find a balance between her work as a labor and delivery nurse and her desire to help people through oil support I’ve also settled my own nerves on the subject with a clear and specific line.

I do not ever use essential oils as a substitution for doctor prescribed medicine. Those of you who have followed along with my thyroid journey, know I’m passionate about seeking the help of an expert when it comes to thyroid health.

That being said, we have found a place for essential oils in our home as part of our daily routine in multiple ways. We’ve also found space for them in weekly and rare uses.

Daily

  • On Guard: immunity support, taken internally with droplets, diffused at night, applied topically
  • Cinnamon: blood sugar regulation, add a drop to water or protein shake
  • Peppermint: energy increase, add a drop to water, taken internally with droplets
  • Purify: diffused in main living area (kitchen/living room open floor) to eliminate odors and promote fresh smell
  • Serenity: diffused at night to help Ordell and I sleep, in a roller to apply at night when traveling
  • Lavender: help the boys sleep diffused at night, eczema reducer
  • Frankincense: one drop in face lotion applied at night, softer skin, anti-wrinkle, combined with coconut oil and shea butter as well as lavender for eczema reduction
  • Lemon or Lime: drop in drinking water, helps with digestion, liver support
  • Balance: in a roller or diffused, helps emotional support
  • Melaleuca: ache prevention, evens out skin color, applied in roller or for me with my face lotion in the evening
  • Cedarwood: I’ve added this to my shampoo with lavender and mascara to help thicken and lengthen my hair

Weekly or More

  • Wild Orange: emotional support, promotes cheerfulness
  • Deep Blue: most used in our house, muscle soreness support.
  • Aroma Touch: droplets into bath helps reduce muscle soreness
  • Lemon: for cleaning
  • Peppermint: in a spray keeps the ants away, gets rid of headaches when rubbed on temples (I combine with lavender for this)
  • Clary Sage: cramps and emotional imbalances from monthly cycle removed
  • Juniper Berry: love the smell, I use this in cleaning with lemon
  • Oregano: used with cleaning in spray bottle with lemon and juniper berry
  • Terra Shield: 20 drops of oil to 4 oz of water makes an amazing bug spray! This can also be diffused for the protection of a larger area.

Thyroid Support

  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh
  • Clove
  • Lemongrass
  • Basil
  • Marjoram

Combined in a roller, I began by applying this first on the bottoms of my feet and now once a day rolled on my neck. I find that this gives me a slight boost of energy.

Cleaning

I’ve switched over almost all of our cleaning supplies to include essential oils. Glass spray bottles from Amazon have made this an easy transition.

  • Peppermint- one drop of oil to one drop of water in a spray bottle keeps ants away from floors and counters.
  • Melaleuca and Eucalyptus combine to keep our showers mold free
  • Lemon, Melaleuca, and OnGuard combine to create an all purpose cleaning spray
  • Lemon and Melaleuca are a powerful combination in cleaning an oven as well! Add these to water, baking soda and Dawn dish soap for a cleaner that wipes grime away.

Cooking

Essential oils can be used in cooking as long as they are from a reputable company. Personally, the only ones I would consider using are doTerra or YoungLiving.

I’ve served lemon with tea instead of lemon juice. I’ve also used ginger and lemon when I a stomach ache.

Lemon bars, lemon poppyseed muffins, cinnamon in baked goods all options.

Peppermint in brownies is tasty.

Basil, oregano, thyme- making an Italian dish? Consider these.

Cilantro is a popular one with a friend who adds it to salsa.

When it comes to figuring out which oils to use and which applications are best I take several steps. The first is to ask Lindsy what her thoughts and suggestions are. She has a private Facebook group which is always a helpful source as well.

Then I resource the big oils book. Oil Life is an independent company to resources essential oil distributors and educators. They have compiled an extensive book with hundreds of sites sources on essential oils. This was a gift to me from Lindsy and both Ordell and I review something in it at least once a week.

Essential oils all have specific uses and need to be used in the specific ways they have been deemed safe. By the way, this isn’t an exhaustive list of the oils we use. Just my consistent go to’s.

What are your favorites?